Review of pulsed thermal NDT: Physical principles, theory and data processing

Vladimir P. Vavilov, Douglas D. Burleigh

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This paper summarizes the basics of pulsed thermal nondestructive testing (TNDT) including theoretical solutions, data processing algorithms and practical implementation. Typical defects are discussed along with 1D analytical and multi-dimensional numerical solutions. Special emphasis is focused on defect characterization by the use of inverse solutions. A list of TNDT terms is provided. Applications of active TNDT, mainly in the aerospace industry, are discussed briefly, and some trends in the further development of this technique are described.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-52
Number of pages25
JournalNDT and E International
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2015


  • Image processing
  • Infrared thermography
  • Modeling
  • Pulsed procedure
  • Thermal nondestructive testing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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